IATEFL 2015 – Getting Gamification Beyond the Basics

At IATEFL 2015, I saw two talks on gamification (one live and one via IATEFL Online). This post reviews both talks and considers the best way to adapt the idea of gamification to an ELT setting.

Play Mobile – Digital Game-based Learning with Handheld Devices

Originally written for TESOL France Teaching Times in 2015, this article explores reasons and ideas for using mobile games in the language classroom.

ELT Sandbox Interviews… Nicky Hockly

A special treat in our latest interview as we have the pleasure of speaking to renowned edtech and mobile learning expert Nicky Hockly. We discuss mobile learning, gaming and VR and their potential in the language classroom. Nicky also shares her thoughts on the future of learning technologies and how they might impact on the world of ELT.

ELT Sandbox Interviews… Saul Muscat

An interview with Saul Muscat, an ESL teacher turned games designer about his experiences of using Minecraft in the language classroom.

ELT Sandbox Plays… on the #EVOMC2017 Server

Last week, I spent an enjoyable evening hosted by Vance Stevens on the EVO Minecraft MOOC server. This posts features highlights and main takeaways from that play session.

What Playing Minecraft Has Taught Me About Learning

Thoughts from the first couple of weeks of #evomc2017, during which time I have largely stuck to playing alone. I have been taking the time to read up, relearn, reflect and experiment in the game. Being in the position of the casual gamer trying to improve his skills has given me the cause to think about what it means to learn something and these are my thoughts so far.

ELT Sandbox Interviews… James York (Kotoba Miners)

An insightful interview with James York, founder of Kotoba Miners, about how he uses Minecraft as a digital environment and online community for players wanting to learn Japanese. We also discuss his research into virtual worlds in language learning. This post originally appeared at http://eltsandbox.weebly.com/blog/elt-sandbox-interviews-james-york-kotoba-miners in April, 2016.

Learning to Learn with #Minecraft – #DGBL #ELT Lesson Plan

Interested in using Minecraft with your students? Worried that they will know more about the game than you? Unsure where to start? Then this lesson plan is exactly what you need! It suggests a series of activities designed to get the students to teach the teacher how to play the game. This post originally appeared at http://eltsandbox.weebly.com/blog/-learning-to-learn-with-minecraft-dgbl-elt-lesson-plan in April, 2016

A Quick History of Digital Game-based Language Learning [Video]

Using video games in language education has become a hot topic it recent years, but it has a surprisingly long history. In this video, I discuss research, barriers and advances in game-based learning over the last thirty years and discuss why now is an exciting time for DGBL. This presentation is based on the following article: Dodgson, D (2016). Pixelated Circles: 30 years of game-based language learning. C&Ts (IATEFL YLTSIG Magazine) Special Pearl Jubilee Edition, pp 64-66